Every year the Recreation and Parks Department honors all those who served in the armed forces with a ceremony at the City of Falls Church Veterans Memorial, located in front of the Community Center (223 Little Falls St.)
The Keynote Speaker for this year's tribute is Shannon Combs-Bennett, Daughters of the American Revolution Regent.
To commemorate the 100th anniversary
of World War I, the ceremony will include the displaying of a remembrance
plaque, presented to the City of Falls Church. Additionally, the Daughters of
the American Revolution will present pins to Vietnam Veterans.
"This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave." - Elmer Davis, Director of the United States Office of War Information during World War II
Watch the 2017 Veterans Ceremony
About the 2016 Ceremony
In 2016, two bronze plaques were added to the wall in front of the Community Center to honor the seven Falls Church heroes who gave all for their country in the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars.
War in Afghanistan (October 2001 to December 2014)
Harold J. Greene
Stephan L. Mace
Ronald A. Rodriguez
Iraq War (March 2003 to December 2011)
Andy D. Anderson
Javier Obleas-Prado Pena
Jonathan D. Winterbottom
In addition to the plaque dedication, the event featured remarks and remembrances, a tribute for those missing in action, a wreath presentation and prayer for departed veterans, and performances by the Falls Church City Concert Band.
This program was prepared by representatives of the Greater Falls Church Veterans Council including American Legion Post 130, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Martin-Leppert-Sipes Post 9274, Catholic War Veterans Paul and Jacques Martin Post 1652, Falls Church Daughters of the American Revolution, Northern Virginia WWII Veterans, the Veterans Memorial Committee, and dedicated volunteers under the coordination of the City of Falls Church Recreation and Park Department.